The countdown is on to the Weekend for Diddler series of events that have been organised in aid of a highly popular Donegal family man who is battling against a debilitating illness.

Paul ‘Diddler’ Dillon is particularly well known on the local running scene, having been an active member of Lifford-Strabane AC, while many others know him through his work as a butcher in Kernan’s of Newtowncunningham for many years.

Several events have already been held and last night there was a great crowd at An Grianan Hotel in Burt, where there was a huge Charity Country Concert in An Grianan Hotel.

Donegal TV was there and posted this video.

Other events lined up include the following.

Friday, February 15th: Come Dine with Me (contact Amanda McFadden); Come Dine with Me – A Treat from Argentina, Newtowncunngham Orange Hall (7.30); 25 Card Drive, Biddy Friel’s;

Saturday, February 16th:  Dance and auction, Biddy Friel’s, Drumoghill; Charity Night in Maggie’s Tavern, St. Johnston with music by Clement; Charity Circuit Class in G8 Fitness, Letterkenny (10am); The “Dash for Diddler” 5k run/walk jog event in Newtowncunningham (11.00, with chip timing and spot prizes). NOTE: Pre-registration is available on Friday, February 15th in the Columban Hall from 7.00 - 9.00 pm).;

Sunday, February 17th: Carrigans Cycling Group cycle from Newtowncunningham (9.00 sign-on); Fushion Hair Salon, Newtowncunningham, special rates and donation day with refreshments and raffle.

Saturday, February 23rd: Diddler’s Cup fun football day at Pairc Colmcille, Newtowncunningham (1.00).

The fundraising committee members are: Cllr Paul Canning, Dympna Whoriskey, Teresa McGee, Dominic Whoriskey, Laura Ann McBrearty, Cleona McFadden and Patricia Cullen.

Meanwhile, Trinity Court is the drop-off point for anyone who would like to donate items for spot prizes or refreshments for the various events.

More information on the many events planned can be found on the committee’s Facebook page: ‘Weekend Challenge Committee Page for Diddler.’

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